Pulau Pangkor Travel Guide

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Pulau Pangkor Highlights

  • Pro
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    tere1 says…

     Peaceful, romantic, delightful beaches, great spa 

  • Con
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    Wild_Orchid says…

     The beach and water quality is not as good as in the East Coast beaches 

  • In a nutshell
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    Wild_Orchid says…

     Good place for a some Family Fun in the Sun ! 

Pulau Pangkor Things to Do

  • Boat trip around the bays

    Taking a boat trip arond the bays is a great way to see more of Pulau Pangkor. We arranged a boat trip from Pasir Bogak - 150RM for a three hour trip which we thought was a fair price. The boat driver took us to several points of interest including a view of turtle rock and heart rock. We saw several beautiful bays, stopping to swim at one where we...

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  • Jambatan Gantung - Suspension Bridge

    A sign post on the side of the Pasir Bogak road signals the start of a short walk into the jungle to an old suspension bridge. When I visited in June 2012, the sign said closed for repairs but I decided to take a look anyway. Once into the jungle it was a pleasant walk as the overhanging branches kept the sun away. There are steep stairs leading to...

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  • Wandering through Pangkor Town

    Although there is a strong smell of drying fish, Pangkor Town has some interesting shops selling produce and supplies such as toiletries, a few decent cafes/restaurants and an excellent antique shop just at the edge of town on the corner heading to Pasir Bogak.Shop fronts are lined with boxes containing a wide variety of dried fish, fresh fruit can...

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Pulau Pangkor Restaurants

  • Eat nice & cheap in Pangkor Jati (Port)

    If you stay at teluk nipah, morning is nothing can eat, please having your breakfast & take away from Pangkor 's Jati 2 (Port ) (Take the Pink colour Van- Rm5/person), over there is chinese small villange, more original food ,fresh & also can buy your souvenirs(dry seafood) ! In fact, you can having your dinner in Jati , caused that side eventhough...

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  • The place for Chinese food

    I was there on New Year's eve. There was a NYE celebration at the main restaurant. We didn't want to celebrate it with strangers and as such we headed for Uncle Lim's hoping that it will not be crowded. Apparently, there were quite a number of people whom I believe felt the same way too. So Uncle Lim's was crowded.

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  • Nice setting with good food!

    This is the restaurant bar by Emerald Bay, the lovely Pangkor Laut beach. It has several tables outside and serves light lunches. You can have satays, calamari, sandwiches and salads. The food is really good and the service excellent.

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Pulau Pangkor Nightlife

  • Romantic music

    This is one of the restaurants in Pangkor Laut. It's located next to the lap pool. At night you can have dinner here or come for a drink and listen to the sounds of the resident band playing romantic music. You can also ask them to play your favourite music. They will be glad to do so. Casual

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  • Nightime sparkles in the sand

    Come on a dark nite and check out the sand when a wave leaves the shore. You'll see little blue flourecent things on the sand. Very very interesting. I tend to think of them as all the souls that died at sea that missed land so much that they re-incarnated as these little blue creatures that make it special for people who find the time to see...

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  • Dining out

    There isn't much nightlife at Pangkor. So indulge in some seafood delicacies is one of the best way to spend the night away! There are a number of restaurants and eateries near the town and Pasir Bogak to choose. Try the stingray (Pari in malay)!

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Pulau Pangkor Transportation

  • Ferry to Pangkor

    To avoid long queue, buy your ticket at 11 pm and above. You'll avoid long line of tourists and locals eager to get into the island. This also means you'll be able to roam around a half empty ferry on your way there.BTW, tickets to Pangkor are return tickets. On your way back, there's no ticket needed. The ferry agent use a ticker to count the...

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  • Pulau Pangkor to Kuala Lumpur

    Return price of the ferry from Pulau Pangkor to Lumut is included in the price to get to the island. There are several morning ferries from Pangkor to Lumut. Once back on the mainland, it is a walk of less than 5 minutes from the fery terminal to the bus terminal. There are several buses daily going directly from Lumut to K.L. We paid 27RM for a...

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  • Bright Pink Taxis Everywhere

    Transport on Pulau Pangkor involves clambering into a bright pink taxi - minivans with plenty of space for luggage. There is a throng of the taxis parked adjacent to the jetty terminal and large groups at the major beaches. Fares are reasonable 10 - 15RM from Pangkor Town to the beach areas.It is also possible to hire a taxi to take you on a tour...

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Pulau Pangkor Shopping

  • Mi sua/wheat noodles

    An old shop that is family-run as are most things on this island. There are only two shops making this type of noodles. Mi sua, a type of noodles made from wheat. A traditional Chinese food. The type made on Pangkor island is thicker than those elsewhere and tastes really smooth. Better than others.Four types are available here - the normal white...

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  • Fishy business

    There are two main factories that produce most of the sea products sold on Pangkor island. The one we visited is Eng Send. Most probably the other one is more well known and pays less commision to the van drivers. Anyway, we got to visit the production section which is typical of family-run businesses (see pix) and tasted dried cuttlefish, hot from...

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  • Souvenir shopping

    There is a souvenir shop next to the reception where you can buy chocolates, cookies, teas, crafts, t-shirts and other souvenirs. It's a bit pricy but it's the only shop in the island besides the one at the Spa Village, which sells mainly beauty products.

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Pulau Pangkor Local Customs

  • Coconut shelling

    Pangkor is lush with tall palm trees bearing much fruit so I was not surprised to find the locals shelling coconuts for its food and various other by-products.

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  • Hindu temple

    Not far from Pinang Kecil is a colourful South Indian Hindu temple to serve the needs of local Hindus.

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  • Chinese temple

    The Pan Pacific Resort even has it's very own small Chinese temple at the northern end of the grounds just below the lush thick jungle.

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Pulau Pangkor Warnings and Dangers

  • Snakes on the footpath!

    I took a walk along Pasir Bogak one evening as the sun was going down. By the time I had reached the northen end it was quite dark so I decided to return via the footpath. About half way back I noticed an elderly couple who had stopped on the footpath about 50 metres ahead. Thinking that they were startled by my presence, I stepped out onto the...

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  • Take care on the roads

    It is unlikely that you will be driving your own car on Pulau Pangkor, there are plenty of taxis at a good fare to get you round. But if you are riding a bicycle or motor bike around the island, take extra care on the road cutting across the north of the island. There is picturesque jungle on both sides and this section of the island is quite...

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  • Boat service not on time- Pulau Giam

    Be careful when you rental the boat (RM15/ person -including snorkering), don't pay first,ask for theirs 2 HP no. (2 person is better), because they may be forgot to bring you back ! We wait at Pulau Giam about 2 hours, hungry,cold & thirsty ! My god, they never pick up your phone, cause they had limited boat , when you call them, may be they...

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Pulau Pangkor Tourist Traps

  • Be careful about where you are taken...

    We asked at our accommodation and on the beach about arranging a water tour around the island and a chance to go snorkelling. We paid 150 RM for the trip and were told that we would be taken to several sights and bays - which we were - and that we would be able to go snorkelling.The ride was picturesque, beautiful islands, bays and rock formations....

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  • Count the price of your food

    We order some fried noodles for lunch in one of the hawker restaurant in Pangkor town. When, we asked for the bill, we are surprised that our 7 plates of noodles that cost around Rm4 each, cost a total of RM40+? We ask the boss how he calculate. He calculate in front of us and then he apologies that he has counted wrongly. (I noticed that he added...

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  • Boat ride around Pangkor Laut

    If you happen to be on the island tour provided by your van/taxi driver, he will drop you off at Pasir Bogak Beach for about half an hour and tell you that "he has to get some pertrol". Conveniently, he has a "friend" at the beach who also offers a boat trip around the infamous Pangkor Laut island resort where famous international celebrities...

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Pulau Pangkor What to Pack

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    Dragging my slippers everywhere

    by cucumbre Written Nov 16, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sleepers and beaches match each other. You can buy slippers at Pangkor or Lumut. About 4RM per pair. Forget about it if they are more expensive than that. Some places sell around 12RM for a pair of slippers! So beware.

    Else a pair of sandal is good too.

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Pulau Pangkor Off The Beaten Path

  • Fishing

    Fishing still plays a large part in the lives of the people of Pulau Pangkor and you will see many boats with the catch of the day.

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  • Pinang Kecil

    Pinang Kecil is a small fishing kampung about 3km's north of Pangkor Town.Here you can observe locals busy with their daily activities. Fishing is still the main industry here.

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  • North Pangkor Forest Reserve

    At the northernmost point of Pangkor is a forest reserve where you can sweat your way to the top of Bukit Pangkor Utara. The walk takes you through lush tropical jungle to 178m up from the beach way down below.

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Pulau Pangkor Sports & Outdoors

  • Parasailing

    I have a great respect for gravity so I watched and waited in the wings for a week without worry whilst others went first.As there were no mishaps I figured that the operators had a fair idea what they were doing so I parted with some cash and asked to be taken for a ride (not to be mistaken for retail therapy).So after a quickly delivered safety...

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  • Canoeing

    Cost about 10RM per hr for renting the canoe. You can split the price with your travel mate.You can canoe to nearby islands from Pasir Bogak to Pangkor Laut, and Teluk Nipah to Mentanggor or Giam islands. Enjoy the tranquility on the sea! Simply the canoe, the life-jacket, the oar and your partner.I brought my camera along. But it was a big risk....

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  • Sea Kayaking

    The hotel has sea kayaks for hire as well as a well equipped gym (closed for refurbishment while we were there).We were only out for a short trip, just paddling around to the outside of the water villas. I do find it very hard to steer - where's that rudder?

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Pulau Pangkor Favorites

  • World Jetski Championship in Pulau...

    One thing I certainly didn't expect to see on Pulau Pangkor was a round of the World Jetski Championships. Over the weekend we stayed on Pulau Pangkor, Pasir Bogak was a hive of activity as Jetski riders from around the world descended on the tiny beach. The locals were enthralled. Races started right on the shoreline so it was 'up close and...

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  • Flowers - big and bright

    One of the things I love most about south-east Asia is the color of the flora. The flowers on Pulau Pangkor didn't disappoint. I went for a walk along some of the back streets and was impressed with the care taken by the locals in their front gardens. At the temples, accmmodation sites, in the jungle, big, bright, beautiful flowers aplenty.

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  • Learning to swim!

    I wouldn't say this was my fondest memory of Pulau Pangkor, more an interesting and somewhat amusing memory. I was walking down the beach at Pasir Bogak early on a Saturday morning when suddenly huge numbers of children aged between about 8 and 12 came out onto the beach. They were fully clothed, but proceeded to put on life jackets and enter the...

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